Dec 10, 2013 9:00am PST
bitterly segregated country even after its oppressive white rulers imprisoned him for nearly 27 years. president obama describing mr. mandela as a giant of history. >> it took a man like madiba to free not just the prisoner but the jailer, as well. to show that you must trust others so that they may trust you to teach that will reconciliation is not a matter of ignoring a cruel past but a means of confronting it with inclusion and generosity and truth. he changed laws, but he also changed hearts. >> president obama getting a warm welcome there will attending the memorial service with three of his predecessors. you see them there, george w. bush, bill clinton and jimmy carter. the leaders of more than 90 countries in attendance there. >> president obama surprised a lot of people when he shook hands with the cuban president raul castro. you see it there. a rare gesture between the u.s. and cuba which have had pretty strained relations for the last half century or so. we're already getting reaction from cuba. we're going to get to the significance of that handshake and how it is being vi
Dec 9, 2013 9:00am PST
canceled. also right now, president obama heading to south africa where crowds are mourning and celebrating nelson mandela. we'll have a live report on the president's expected role in tomorrow's public memorial service. >>> and right now, 85-year-old merrill newman resting at his home in california after spending more than a month in captivity in north korea. he's also sharing new details about his ordeal, including the menu.
Dec 6, 2013 9:00am PST
only allowed two letters a year from his family. >> president obama and his family toured robben island during their first visit to south africa in june into word of any son mandela's death spread quickly around the world and the united states, of course. for many americans his death was like losing one of his own. >> president obama met the leader in 2005 and he and the first lady visited south africa in june but they were unable to meet with mandela due to his failing health. the president paid tribute to the falling icon counting himself among the millions influenced by mandela. >> the day he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they're guided by their hopes and not by their fears. and like so many around the globe, i cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that will nelson mandela set. >> want to bring in andrew young, civil rights leader and former ambassador to the united nations. welcome, as well as james joseph, former u.s. ambassador to south africa and duke university professor, both of who new mandela very well on a per